Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 7, 2007

EIGHTEEN ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES are expected to receive more than $110 billion in tourism revenue during the next three years, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association. China will be the biggest beneficiary, gaining some $36 billion from tourists through 2009. Other major destinations expected to cash in are Thailand with $13 billion, Malaysia with $11 billion, South Korea with $7 billion and Macao with $5 billion. PATA said it expects tourist arrivals to grow an average of 6% a year during the next three years, with tourists from Asia accounting for the lion's share of business.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL said it will manage a 968-room hotel that will be part of the Macao Studio City complex that's taking shape in Macao, China. The property will be Marriott's first hotel in the Chinese enclave of Macao. The Macao Studio City Marriott Hotel will be in a 30-story tower that will be part of the 4 million-square-foot development known as Macao Studio City located on a 33-acre site on the Cotai Strip. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2009. Phase one of the project will include the hotel, a 2,300-seat theater, a 200,000-square-foot casino, 1 million square feet of retail space, a 55,000-square-foot exhibition space and a stand-alone TV and film production facility. The Marriott hotel will include a private executive level lounge, access to a luxury spa and fitness center, a swimming pool, a business center, a kid's club and shuttle service to the Macao ferry terminal and airport.

INDIA'S LEELA HOTEL GROUP said it plans to double its room inventory during the next three years as part of an aggressive expansion plan that calls for six new hotels throughout India. Leela currently operates four five-star hotels in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kovalam and Goa. The first of the six new properties will open in Gurgaon Delhi next spring, followed by Udaipur in winter 2008; Chennai in winter 2009; and South Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune in 2010. Leela said the expansion will cost approximately $300 million. Leela said it also is exploring growth opportunities in major source markets like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

CRUISE WEST, the small-ship cruise line, launched an early booking promotion, offering up to $800 off on three itineraries in the South pacific in 2008. Under the promotion, customers who book next year's trips by June 15 will save $600 per person on the cruise, plus an additional $200 if payment is made in full by the same date. Guests who book by Sept. 7 will save $300 per person, plus an additional $100 if payment is made by that date. In 2008, Cruise West's 120-passenger Spirit of Oceanus will embark on three South Pacific itineraries from January through March. A 12-night Pearls of Polynesia itinerary, for example, will sail between Fiji and Tahiti, with visits to Beqa, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Tonga. Pearls of Polynesia is scheduled for Jan 23 and Feb. 26 departures, with prices starting at $5,049 per person with the maximum early booking savings. For information or reservations, call (800) 689-1783 or visit www.cruisewest.com.

RITZ TOURS introduced an 11-night Yangtze Special package combining stays in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai with a Yangtze River cruise with Victoria Cruises. The package costs from $2,769 per person, double, including air fare, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, meals and the services of experienced guides. Departures are scheduled for Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For information or reservations, call (800) 900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.

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Asia-Pacific Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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